Why is there a 4-H Pledge?
The pledge is said at the beginning of every meeting or 4-H event. It encourages a balanced lifestyle (intellectual, emotional, physical, spiritual), and reminds participants to always aim to be a good friend, mentor, community member and citizen.
The pledge encompasses the ideals and main goal of the 4-H program; developing well-rounded, responsible and independent youth.
The key objective of the 4-H educational movement is learning through experience. This objective is encompassed in the 4-H Canada Motto - Learn To Do By Doing.
Members are always encouraged to better themselves through true participation at all levels of the 4-H program. As an informal education program, 4-H helps young people develop a variety of personal skills related to working with other people; skills related to projects of special interest to the members; and skills related to a young person developing into a responsible citizen. The 4-H motto applies directly to the development of these skills – it stipulates that a 4-H member learns skills by actually doing the activities related to those skills.